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Virtual and Global Teams

All program managers need to strategically choose program communication processes. Unfortunately, technology has complicated the decision-making process for program managers, providing a myriad of methods for communication. Because there are so many choices, confusion often results. Our ability to extract … Read More

Effective Project Status

Execution means going out and implementing what has been planned. This seems obvious, but a lot of programs are continually in a state of firefighting because there is no real plan. Not all the projects in a program have to … Read More

Seeking Clarity

Company culture, organization culture, program culture, and project culture: when all these cultures exist in harmony with one another, you have the greatest opportunity for effective project delivery because you have intense clarity. Earlier we defined clarity as “freedom from … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 5: Clear Your Calendar

In the 16 years we have been working with customers (big and small) on their project portfolio management implementations we have seen every mistake in the book. Unfortunately, some mistakes turn into implementation disasters where budgets, time, and the careers … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 4: Find a Bad Cop

I am constantly giving WorkOtter demos based on features people want in their resource and project management software.  More often than not the implementation is botched, the wrong tool is selected, training is ignored, the process is non-existent (or stifling), … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 3: Recycle

I am constantly giving WorkOtter demos based on features people want in their resource and project management software. They ask about graphs, charts, and other visually stimulating capabilities more at home on an entertainment site then a project management solution. … Read More

PPM without Getting Fired? Step 2: KISS Fast

Companies implementing a new project portfolio management (PPM) software solution (like WorkOtter) are typically battling the chaos of project growth, resource contention, and organizational change. They’re looking for order and better productivity and they invest heavily in a solution, and … Read More

PPM without getting fired? Step 1: Sell the Promised Land

  “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” –Mary Kay Ash founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics So your company is ready to ditch their ineffective project management software or end … Read More

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